September 11, 2013

smoke 8Any of us who were sentient remember what we were doing that Tuesday morning. I was in my car, eastbound, halfway to work and it was sunny, which caused traffic, and I had the windows down and was listening to the radio. In between songs the DJ reported that a plane crashed into one of the towers. We weren’t informed on which building, what type of plane–though many, me included, assumed it was something small–or that this was an early portion of a greater impact. Who knew? Nobody’s mind could go that far in that direction. More news was reported about it, some things false, some things that sounded like they couldn’t continue reading…

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Breeze

Window 8There’s a word: defenestration.  This is a word that refers to the act of throwing something, or someone, out of a window.  Its Latin roots are “de-,” or “down from,” with “fenestra,” or “window.”  This word was popularized by an incident that prompted The Thirty Years War, where, in Prague, in the early 17th century, two governors were thrown out of a window of a castle.  This had happened before, in the early 15th century.  These incidents were eventually referred to as the Defenestrations of Prague.

Charles Bukowski has a poem called ‘Radio with Guts‘ where (he’d) throw a radio out the window again and again when drunk.  Actually, the continue reading…

Casablanca

Casablanca 8‘Casablanca’ begins with the entry credits overset on a map of Africa, music of a political fight accompanies.  Director Michael Curtiz gets his credit and then we hear this voiceover:

…And so a torturous, roundabout refugee trail sprang up.  Paris to Marseilles, across the Mediterranean to Oran, then by train or auto or foot across the rim of Africa to Casablanca in French Morocco.  Here, the fortunate ones through money or influence or luck might obtain exit visas and scurry to Lisbon, and from Lisbon to the New World.  But the others wait in Casablanca, and wait and wait and wait. continue reading…